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Injury nightmare for Arsenal as trio set to miss Huddersfield tie with Holding out for season


Rob Holding
Rob Holding

By Robert Jones

Unai Emery fears Arsenal defender Rob Holding will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury sustained in Wednesday night's draw at Manchester United.

The worst was feared after Holding suffered the injury during the first half of Wednesday's 2-2 draw with Manchester United at Old Trafford and has now been confirmed.

A statement on read: "Further to the injury sustained during our match at Manchester United on Wednesday night, we can confirm that Rob Holding has ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament of his left knee.

"Rob will undergo surgery to repair this in the coming days. The rehabilitation process is expected to take between six to nine months. Everyone at the club will now be working as hard as we can to ensure Rob is back on the pitch as soon as possible."

Midfielder Aaron Ramsey (ankle) is a doubt for tomorrow's Premier League clash with Huddersfield, which Mesut Ozil is expected to miss out due to a back problem.

Emery added: "He had a backache and now he's working with one physio. We're going to look when he can come with us."

Those players not involved at Old Trafford trained yesterday morning.

Given the potential absence for Holding, there is a welcome return imminent.

Former France defender Laurent Koscielny could come into the matchday squad after twice playing for Arsenal Under-23s, either on Saturday or next week against Qarabag in the Europa League.

Emery said: "The 18 can be for Saturday and also we are doing one plan with him, maybe he can play against Qarabag.

"He's working with us every day in training and playing in the Under-23s with good feeling."

Club captain Koscielny offers "experience, quality, personality" for the Gunners, Emery added.

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